Cannabis has always had a reputation of promoting a sense of relaxation and stress relief in its users. Due to this effect, many aficionados and even some in the medical community have been turning to or recommending marijuana as an alternative to prescription anti-anxiety medications like Alprazolam (Xanax), Clonazepam (Klonopin), and Lorazepam (Ativan), which often come with unpleasant side effects and have the risk of potentially becoming habit forming if taken on a regular basis. In a time when anxiety and stress are at seemingly an all time high, it’s no wonder that so many enthusiasts have turned to marijuana in order to help manage their day-to-day lives in this crazy world.
As a result of the demand for the anxiolytic properties found in certain weed strains, enthusiasts have gone on to identify a number of different strains that have proven to be the most effective in combating chronic stress and anxiety issues. While they have found that indica strains are consistently better at helping those with anxiety troubles due to their usual calming effects, there some notable indica-sativa hybrid strains that can get the job done just as well as purebreeds.
A beautifully purple and strong indica cross of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, this strain is known for reducing stress, promoting relaxation, pain relief, and as an excellent sleep aid. This particular strain offers enthusiasts a feeling of euphoria along with profound relaxation.
Jack Herer is a sativa dominant hybrid that will keep you mentally stimulated and focused, yet it is different in from strains of similar lineage in the sense of euphoria that it provides promotes a calming effect without knocking you out.
A powerfully relaxing indica related to Grandaddy Purple and Grape Ape, it is known for its anxiety killing effects, heavy sedative properties, and for acting as an appetite stimulant. Perfect for helping stressed out folks get some much needed sleep.
This strain is a sativa with an undeniable sweetness to it’s strawberry notes and is said to provide a mood boosting, energetic high that keeps you alert and social, but nothing so stimulating that your mind races making your anxiety worse.
Girl Scout Cookies:
A hybrid cross of Durban Poison and OG Kush, this strain is famous for pain relief and a somewhat intense high. This strain is also known for its euphoric, relaxing, and creative effects, which make it an excellent choice for those enthusiasts suffering from anxiety issues.
White Fire OG:
This strain is a heavy indica cross of The White and Fire OG Kush that can help relieve pain and provides a very relaxing high. The buds are a nice shade of green with random clusters of orange hairs and completely covered in white trichromes. The smoke has an initial the sour taste that is quickly replaced with a berry-like sweetness.
Have you ever used any of these strains to help with anxiety? Are there other strains that you would recommend?